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Human Rights Watch Labels U.S. a 'Human Rights Abuser' Because of Trump

Human Rights Watch Labels U.S. a 'Human Rights Abuser' Because of Trump
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up during a campaign rally at the Lackawanna College Student Union in downtown Scranton, Pa., Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. (Butch Comegys/The Times & Tribune via AP)

Human Rights Watch has taken Trump Derangement Syndrome to new heights with the release of its annual report that lists the United States of America as a human rights abuser on par with China, Egypt, and Syria.

Their reason? Donald Trump’s rhetoric during the recent presidential campaign.

Trump has yet to take office and the Soros-funded HRW is already condemning the U.S. for policies that have yet to be enacted.

The Daily Caller:

As The New York Times notes, the designation of the U.S. as a major human rights abuser marks a first for HRW in the 27 years it has released its annual survey.

“The rise of populism poses a dangerous threat to human rights,” Roth said in a video introduction of the report.

“Trump gained power in the United States, various politicians are seeking power in Europe through making appeals to racism, xenophobia, nativism and misogyny,” he continued.

The 687-page report provides overviews of human rights situations in approximately 90 countries around the world. It rates countries based upon their treatment of  journalists and dissenters, the freedom of their elections, and their positions on the death penalty, the use of torture and the fairness of their judicial systems.

Though Trump has yet to shape any policies in the U.S., the HRW survey mentions the Republican 19 times, including under a section with the heading “Trump’s Dangerous Rhetoric.”

The group is most disturbed with Trump’s comments regarding immigration and Muslims.

The 19 mentions of Trump is compared to 11 mentions of both Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, both of whom have cracked down heavily on reporters and dissidents. Bashar al-Assad, the dictator of Syria who has murdered tens of thousands of his own citizens, receives 15 mentions in the report.

In his introduction to the report, Roth argued that Trump is one of a new class of Western leaders who are riding a wave of anti-globalist, nationalistic populism.

“They all have in common the claim to speak for the majority and claim that the majority wants rights violated in the name of securing jobs, or avoiding cultural change, or protecting against terrorism,” he said.

“In the last century various communist and fascist governments also claimed to speak for the majority and then visited enormous repression on their people.”

In its preview of the report, The Times noted that while HRW has criticized the U.S. in the past, most notably after the 9/11 attacks, its new report is more critical of the U.S. than in any previous issue.

The group was heavily critical of the George Bush administration for its response to the 9/11 attacks, but Roth said he believes Trump will poses a greater threat to human rights.

This is nuts. Trump has already walked back some of the more outrageous proposals he made during the campaign with others sure to follow. Based on that, what crystal ball is HRW using to predict which policies that violate the organization’s notion of “human rights” Trump will eventually enact?

For example, Trump’s promise of mass deportations of illegal aliens would need congressional approval, something that will never happen. And yet, HRW cites Trump’s rhetoric on deportations as if it were already the law of the land.

That’s downright stupid.

HRW is punishing the United States in their rankings for things it hasn’t done. We’ve heard of anti-Americanism, but that’s balmy.

HRW and other left-wing groups’ Trump Derangement Syndrome will only get worse as leftists the world over will no doubt get a bad case of the vapors at the first sign that Trump steps outside the little box they want to put him in.

Trump may yet demonstrate some authoritarian tendencies, but he will never imprison thousands of his political opponents like Putin has done or gas tens of thousands of his own people as Syria’s Assad has done. The fact that HRW lumped the U.S. in with both those countries says more about the anti-Trump hysteria of the group than it will ever say about Trump.